Noel Paul Stookey says of Saint Ben, "I was moved to tears several times while reading-Your characters are beautifully constructed, the anecdotes real, and the honoring of each person's soul-search-for-integrity brilliant."
Now John Fischer presents the sequel-
When Ben Beamering dies, his last message to his best friend, Jonathan Liebermann, was that he was on his way to fill up a "Ben-shaped vacuum in the heart of God." But to a grieving Jonathan, Ben's inspirational good-bye provided little comfort to help him cope with the Ben-shaped hole in his own heart. That friend's honest faith had been a source of purpose and destiny to Jonathan. With Ben gone, he was forced to look inward at his raw pain.
Nearly three years have passed , and Jonathan is now a young teenager who is coming of age and discovering himself. But a graffiti message on a concrete wall stating "Ben was here" is the first of a series of strange occurrences and appearances. Jonathan assumes celestial beings are helping him to open the door to truly face the world again. What he ultimately discovers is that others need his love and that he can make a difference is their lives.
When Jonathan learns that his friend Donna Callaway has a dream and a determination to roller-skate freestyle in regional competitions, he gather all his resources to help her get there. But when tragedy strikes, will another "miraculous event" save the day?
All the charm, delight, and surprise readers came to love in Saint Ben and more!<
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John Fischer has been mixing his unique combination of singing, speaking, and humor for a variety of audiences for over thirty years.
In the late 60's, John's music was a part of a spiritual renewal and search for meaning that created a new quest for inner solutions to global problems. Not only was John giving birth to a new expression of Christianity, he was also writing and recording songs that youth groups, Young Life clubs, and retreat groups across the nation would sing over and over. His multifaceted talents of song writing, speaking, singing, and writing reflect the many avenues by which John carries on a spiritual dialogue with real life and real people.
Music is only a part of who John Fischer is. John's books present a thought-provoking challenge to the Christian Church today, encouraging believers to pull the true essence of their faith from the trappings of the contemporary Christian subculture, Real Christians Don't Dance (Bethany House), has been a bestseller, and John's debut into fiction, Saint Ben, (Bethany House) received high praise in a recent Christianity Today article on inspirational fiction, as well as a Silver Angel award for fiction. True Believer's Don't Ask Why (Bethany House), challenges the belief that Christians have to have all the answers.
His beloved fiction includes Saint Ben, Saint's and Angel's Song, and Ashes on the Wind and since l980, he has contributed a column to Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) magazine.
John graduated from Wheaton College, Illinois, and later served as Artist in Residence at Gordon College in Massachusetts, where he lived during the 80's. He now resides with his wife and three children in California.From Library Journal:
In this sequel to Saint Ben (Bethany House, 1993), Jonathan Liebermann must come to terms with the death of his best friend, Ben Beamering. As he struggles with his loss, Jonathan is gradually brought out of himself through his involvement with Donna Callaway, an aspiring championship roller skater. Along the way, Jonathan faces crises with parents and friends typical of young teenage boys, but he is guided through these conflicts by Ben's angel. Fischer's story is a finely crafted coming-of-age narrative marked by realism, warmth, and humor. Highly recommended.
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Book Description Bethany House Publishers, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1556614748
Book Description Bethany House Publishers, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1556614748
Book Description Bethany House Publishers, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111556614748